Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) is organizing a three-day conference titled ‘Bangladesh Business Summit’ next month with the aim of expanding trade and investment in Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the summit organized at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) on March 11-13.

In a press conference organized at a hotel in the capital on Saturday, FBCCI President Jasim Uddin said, this summit has been organized on the occasion of celebrating 50 years of the establishment of the organization. He said that this event will play a role in highlighting the economy, trade and investment potential of Bangladesh to global businessmen, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, policy makers, market analysts and international organizations and institutions.

He said that 3 plenary sessions, 13 parallel sessions, open discussions, business meeting (B2B meeting) etc. will be held with businessmen, investors, analysts and policy makers to find out the possibilities, barriers and ways to expand trade and investment in the country.

FBCCI president said, “We expect ministers from 12 to 15 countries of the world to participate in this international conference. Besides, CEOs and senior officials of some global organizations are also expected to participate. Efforts are also underway to bring in the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Trade Commissioner of the European Union. Apart from that, representatives of big companies from different countries of the world have been invited.

The FBCCI president also said that the government is setting up 100 special economic zones across the country for sustainable industrialization. Infrastructure is being developed to attract private investment. So now is the time to start branding Bangladesh. Now is the time to accelerate our journey to a trillion dollar economy.’

It was informed at the press conference that American cable TV channel CNN will campaign on the country’s business environment, investment opportunities and sustainable development. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join CNN’s Business Editor-at-Large Richard Quest in discussions at the summit.

Apart from this, ‘Best of Bangladesh Expo’ has been organized to present the best products produced in Bangladesh at the summit. Apart from this, the ‘Business Excellence Award’ will be given to entrepreneurs for their special contribution to the country’s economy and trade.

The expo will showcase the products and services of Bangladesh’s potential sectors including textiles, agro-processed foods, leather, ceramics, jute, handicrafts. Anyone interested including businessmen can register on the website to participate in this summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) are cooperating in organizing the conference.

The press conference was attended by FBCCI Senior Vice President Mustafa Azad Chowdhury, Vice President MA Momen, Md. Amin Helali, Salauddin Alamgir, Habib Ullah, Chairman of Policy Exchange of Bangladesh and Chief Technical Advisor of Bangladesh Business Summit M Mashroor Riaz and others.